Film-maker Anthony Chen beats his 'idol' to win directing award in Brisbane
Homegrown director Anthony Chen beat Japanese film-maker Hirokazu Kore-eda to win the award for Achievement In Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Thursday.
Sounding shocked, Chen, 29, tells Life! repeatedly over the telephone from Brisbane, Australia, where the awards were held that he "still can't believe it". He adds: "I just can't believe it because I have been such a big fan of Kore-eda for years. I can't imagine winning over my idol."
Chen won the award for his debut feature Ilo Ilo, a drama about a Filipino maid and a Singaporean family during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. He beat acclaimed film-maker Kore-eda for the film Like Father, Like Son, about a father who discovers that the son he has been raising for years is not his own biological child.
Other directors that were in the running for the same award are Kazakhstan-born Emir Baigazin for Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons), Iraq-born Hiner Saleem for My Sweet Pepperland, and Iranian Shahram Mokri for Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish And Cat).